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PostSubject: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:21 pm

I would like to share a few photos of some of my relatives from WW1.

There will be many commemorative ceremonies taking place during the next four years (2014 to 2018) marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Just think of all those that fell on the Battlefields in those terrible years, including war animals (horses and dogs on the front lines). Frederick was on the Somme battlefield and took a lungful of Mustard gas and was hospitalised, he recovered to go on to work in the South London docks. On a few occasions during battle he was known to let some young German soldiers go free after capture, he said they were just kids and felt sorry for them, but he never let the older German prisoners go, he said they were crafty bug*ers.

I think William forged his age to join up when he was 15:







Although not from WW1, I wanted to share this one also, I have more photos to scan at a later time..

Royal Military Police "The Redcaps":



My Grandad was also a Dispatch Rider, he also saw his best pal get killed Sad

If you have any WW1 photos of your relatives, please feel free to share them here, I would love to see them  Smile

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:22 am

Thanks for sharing the family photos, Clive, they are precious. Glad to know you are taking good care of them.

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:33 am

They look so young! Thanks for uploading these Clive
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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:06 am

Great upload Clive, those photos really hold special memories, as Mark said, so young, but each one with the heart of a lion no doubt. Brave men, that should never be forgotten cheers

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:26 pm

I'm sure my Nan's uncle 'Bill' lied about his age so he could join up, he looks about 15/16 years old! He loved horses, and no doubt the reason why he joined the Cavalry.

My nan's dad was on the Somme Battlefield, he took a lung full of that terrible mustard gas and was sent home on sick. After the War, he went on to work at the docks in London.

Thanks all,

I'm now off  to have a history lesson study

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:05 am

Oh wow cool! cheers Thanks for sharing! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:27 pm

Great share Clivvers. My great Grandad shared a similar
Fate too....Mustard Gas, he survived it but it destroyed him.
What a Generation those guys were....always remembered.



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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:39 pm

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Great share Clivvers. My great Grandad shared a similar
Fate too....Mustard Gas, he survived it but it destroyed him.
What a Generation those guys were....always remembered.




Thanks, bb

Terrible stuff that Gas, a weapon of mass destruction for sure. Nearly everyone of us has/had a relative that took part in that war, including women (munitions factories, nurses and other support) They will always be remembered. I found some more photos but from WWII, I will post them at a later time.

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:39 am

clive do you know the women who worked in the munitions factories were called canaries Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:49 am

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clive do you know the women who worked in the munitions factories were called canaries Very Happy
that was the Munitionettes (women that worked in ammunition factories)
with TNT or Trinitrotoluene it was part of the process to make this using
sulfuric acid that turned the skin yellow hence the name canaries and unfortunately
a process that quite often leading to liver failiure hence the jaundice, plus other autoimmune deficencies
very often leading to an early death

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:54 pm

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clive do you know the women who worked in the munitions factories were called canaries Very Happy
No, I had no idea, thanks for that.  Smile

Thanks for the info, Ca. That's something else I never knew about!  Smile

I Watched the film 'War Horse' last night for the first time, it's a good film with no gore (might have been cut out?), the costumes, acting and location shots are top rate!  It's a perfect and historical film for all the family to watch. The most memorable moment for me was, the British cavalry charge towards the German lines, plus when the horse is trapped in 'No man's Land' tangled in barbed wire. My nephew worked on the 'War Horse' film set, moving scenery about and other duties.

During the actual war itself, there was a Christmas truce in 1914, where British and German soldiers ventured into No Man's Land to greet one another and exchange gifts. I think they also played a game of football!

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:52 pm

Great photos Clive, very brave men and women and as you say the animals that served should not be forgotten.

Did you see those photos on the news that a soldier had taken? He smuggled a camera onto the frontline.

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:29 pm

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Great photos Clive, very brave men and women and as you say the animals that served should not be forgotten.

Did you see those photos on the news that a soldier had taken? He smuggled a camera onto the frontline.

Too right, animals don't have a voice. There's a separate purple poppy available to remember all the war animals. I would have taken my camera, too!

Thanks for the link, Richard Smile

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:53 am

I have no pictures of my relatives who died in WW1 Clive, so yours are great to see.

My great grandad and his younger brother both were killed in 1918. My great grandad died at the Somme and has no grave, his brother is buried in Hamburg so may have been a prisoner of war in Germany.
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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Fri Nov 21, 2014 4:12 pm

fantastic photos thanks for sharing , my mum has photos of reletives during the war years , including one of here uncle during the boer war , who after he left the army in 1910, dyed his hair black and lied about his age rejoined at the start of ww1 , he original regt turned him down for being to old , so he went to another county to join another regiment , on the subject of ww1 movies beneath hill 60 is a classic , there is one on the christmas truce called joyuex noel
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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:02 pm

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I have no pictures of my relatives who died in WW1 Clive, so yours are great to see.

My great grandad and his younger brother both were killed in 1918. My great grandad died at the Somme and has no grave, his brother is buried in Hamburg so may have been a prisoner of war in Germany.

Sad to hear that, Ph5121 Sad

All those brave people will never be forgotten.

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:07 pm

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fantastic photos thanks for sharing , my mum has photos of reletives during the war years , including one of here uncle during the boer war , who after he left the army in 1910, dyed his hair black and lied about his age rejoined at the start of ww1 , he original regt turned him down for being to old , so he went to another county to join another regiment , on the subject of ww1 movies beneath hill 60 is a classic , there is one on the christmas truce called joyuex noel

Thanks Tally.

A very intresting tale about your mum's uncle trying to rejoin again. Thanks for the info on that WW1 film, I'll check it out Smile

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:41 pm

I just reposted the missing images above..

There's been plenty of WW1 documentaries on Freeview for the last few weeks, plus I recommend watching the "Forces TV" channel on Freeview (channel 96), which includes the highly enjoyable "R. Lee Ermey's Mail Call" for everything military.

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:21 pm

Wow what history Clivves! cheers
Great thread! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:13 am

Great stuff Clive, good to read this thread again.

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:30 am

Thanks fellas,

I've got another post to do here later today, my scanner will be used...

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:38 pm

This is a tribute to my late great uncle Freddy Read (below), he's my Nan's brother and was the only boy out of six sisters, he was a Cockney South Londoner who lived in Sydenham . My Nan told me that he loved aircraft when he was a young boy and wanted to fly them, he lied about his age so he could join the RAF and worked his way up to became a Sergeant during WW2, he was a tail gunner in a Wellington bomber for his first mission over Germany, all his crew were his best pals and were all Canadian, they had just finished a mission and were coming in to land back in England when there was a collision with another plane taking off, sadly all the crew of the Wellington bomber, including my uncle Freddy were killed. He is buried in Yorkshire...



Here's the type of plane Freddy was a tail gunner in:



Here's a very good flight sim video of the Wellington Bomber plane:


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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:24 pm

Superb tribute Clivves! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: WW1 (1914-1918) Centenary (2014-2018) My relatives..   Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:55 pm

Thanks Jim,

I'm trying to find the photos of my grandad and his pal on their dispatch rider motorbikes, he used to deliver important war documents and was based somewhere in Scotland. My nan used to patrol her road in WW2 looking for house lights during a blackout, she also used to be a lookout for incendiary bombs, one landed in her back garden once, it's this garden which I'm in with my Action Man in 1971 in the 5th photo down: http://actionmanmobileops.forumotion.co.uk/t5379-decembers-interview-2014-clivvers. She used to tell me plenty of WW2 tales and how she used to watch dogfights from her back garden between spitfires and German planes. I used to ride my Chopper bike down old WW2 bomb craters back in the 1970's, some German planes used to ditch their bombs before reaching London and turned back, they left us stunt bike riders somewhere to have fun after skool back in the day.

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